Wednesday, March 2, 2022

The Ottawan



Food and drink update

Although vaccine passports are no longer mandated by the Ontario government, some businesses have decided to retain the requirement. Others have crafted hybrid solutions that aim to welcome vaccinated and unvaccinated customers on alternate days. None of these decisions have been made lightly; no business enjoys turning away customers. Further, the following list of bars and restaurants plan to monitor the situation and adapt according to sales, feedback, and the status of the virus. 

▪️Hintonburg Public House announced 2 Dose Thursdays, when vaccine passports will be required to all customers upon entry. On every other day no proof of vaccination will be necessary, Walk-ins are available or you can book a table by calling 613-421-5087. The HPH will not be running takeout or delivery until further notice; check their social media feeds for updates. 1020 Wellington Street West. 

▪️For the time being, Cantina GIa will continue to require proof of vaccination from dine-in customers. Meanwhile, the take out lunch and dinner menus are extensive, and the shop includes a curated wine selection and frozen meals to reheat at home. They’ve also got some sweet new hoodies. 749 Bank Street. 

▪️Parlour will continue to remain at 50% capacity and require proof of vaccination, however, buyouts for private events are excluded. 1319 Wellington Street. 

▪️Paper Tiger Noodle Bar will continue requiring proof of vaccination at the door. Take out is available on Wednesdays and Thursdays before 7:00pm. 1091 Bank Street.

▪️While Zolas is open to a full capacity and no longer requires proof of vaccination, the restaurant will be monitoring the situation over the next 14 days, and may adjust this policy according to staff and guest feedback. Zolas is currently running a “Marty Gras” promotion for the chance to win a $500 gift card to Magpie Jewelry in the Rideau Centre. All you have to do to be in with a chance is to order from the Marty Gras menu (named after Magpie Jewelry owner Martin Wright, whose business was closed during the trucker protest). Darren got a faraway look in his eyes when he saw “Shrimp Po’Boy” on the Marty Gras menu, so you know what he’ll be ordering. 2194 Robertson Road. 

Today’s specials

▪️Until the end of today, you can purchase one of Sula Wok’s excellent tees for just $10 when you spend $50 or more. The shirts, which come in a variety of vivid hues and feature adorable dumpling characters, were designed in-house by the owners’ son. 184 Main Street. 

▪️Get your Jazz on with the Nebula Organ Trio at Q Bar in Queen St Fare tonight, where you will also find $3 draught beer, house wine and bar rail from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. 170 Queen St West. 

▪️The Atomic Rooster (303 Bank Street) has $10 burger and fries tonight from 4:00pm to 1:00am, and “Rare Groove” tunes will be spinning from 10:00pm to 2:00am. Proof of vaccination is not necessary. 

▪️Hump day keeps getting better: visit Broadhead Beer on Hoppy Wednesdays, when you’ll find 16oz pours for a measly $6 each. They also have a full Meatings menu for hungry ones. 1680 Vimont Ct Unit 106, Orléans. 


Mark your calendars, ‘cause this ain’t no joke. One of Ottawa’s most romantic drinks spots, the Moonroom will be reopening for the summer on April 1st. They’re currently hiring all positions, too. 442 Preston Street.

Speaking of Moonroom, chef Quinn Taylor will join Daniela Manrique Lucca (Soca Kitchen & Plantain Cartel), Anna Côte (Birch Bite), Katie Ardington (Beckta Group), Caroline Murphy (Corner Peach), Kat Ferries (Stofa Restaurant), Dominique Dufour (Gray Jay), and Kelly Mason (Mason Vineyard) (bottle of Mason Vineyards Collab Series Rose 2020) for a fantastic International Women’s Day take-home meal. Pickups will be at Stofa Restaurant (1356 Wellingston St. W) this Sunday. The complete menu is $175+HST. Proceeds benefit Minwaashin Lodge. Booking website.


Yesterday we wrote about an accident on the O Train. Due to a probably cat-related editing error, most of the paragraph was missing. The accident happened between two maintenance vehicles at low speed during the off hours. Thank you to the many, many readers who pointed this out.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ❄️ 40% chance of flurries. High of -3°, low of -16°. 

Number: 42 years. The amount of fictional time that has passed since this parody of You Can't Do That On Television aired. Last weekend's Saturday Night Live spent a lot of effort making fun of Ottawa’s favourite show. [Saturday Night Live]

Ottawan of the Day: John-Philippe Smith. The one-time doorman at the Château Laurier is the new Dominion Sculpter, supervising all carving in Centre Block and the Parliamentary Precinct. [Senate of Canada]

Quote: ‘If I’m asked for a courtesy call, I’ll refuse to do one. As long as they’re illegally invading a country, I’ll have nothing to do the Russian Embassy or the ambassador.’ – Mayor Jim Watson [Ottawa Citizen]

Sports: NHL Ottawa Senators 2 – Tampa Bay Lightning, last night

+ Related The Senators will play the Ukrainian national anthem before home games for the rest of the season

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Information is as of this morning. Changes are relative to yesterday.


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
847? -67273? -5
1,105,14?1,95912,478 ? 24
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)89.2% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)


? All people in Ontario with third dose47.2%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,381? -5882? -8
924,309?1,63014,016 ? 20
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)91.3%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)86.5%
? All people in Quebec with third dose48.6%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
11? -30? -1
cases changedeaths
62,880? 127

742 ? 1

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)

913,317 (92%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)872,464 (88%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (12+)550,203 (60%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


No updates have been provided since yesterday

hospitalizationschangein icuchange
19? -36? 0
35,291? 62287 ? 0

As of March 1, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (12+) 89.1%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (12+)86.7%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


The Health Unit is changing the way they report. In the meantime, they are reporting only selected information. 

hospitalizationschangein icuchange
7? 00? 0
active caseschangedeaths
-? -201 ? 1

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ Two Ontario churches that sued the Province over COVID-19 restrictions have lost in court. The churches argued that limiting gatherings at places of worship went against the Charter of Rights and Freedom's clause on religious freedom. [CBC]

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▪️Two dozen current and former members of the Ottawa Police Service and Ontario Provincial Police donated money to the Trucker’s siege. The Ottawa Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police are having trouble deciding if this is unacceptable or not. [CBC]

▪️The builders of the O Train say the City launched operations without consulting with them first. Rideau Transit Group was responding in an affadavit over the two O Train derailments earlier this year. The City blames the Group for myriad O Train malfunctions. The Group says the City wanted it launched so soon for political points. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Belly, Half Moon Run, Steve Marriner, and Sue Foley have all been nominated for a 2022 Juno award. All have early connections to Ottawa. The Junos will be awarded May 15. [Ottawa Sun 

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